Singapore sails into 2020 offering more than ever for events

Going from strength to strength as a destination for events, Singapore never stands still. From exciting future bookings to new fly-cruise options and innovative industry solutions, Singapore is offering more than ever for planners in 2020


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Event organisers can tap in to the newly launched global In Singapore Incentive & Rewards (INSPIRE) programme, which offers a selection of more than 60 complimentary experiences for qualified MICE groups visiting Singapore. These experiences, which are offered in partnership with 29 businesses in Singapore, fall under four broad categories: Singapore’s dining, entertainment and nightlife; thematic tours and learning experiences; tailored attraction-based experiences and distinctive team building activities. Examples include cocktail-making workshops in the heart of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and an insider’s tour of the one-north district with fireside chats with start-ups in Singapore.

Already well-known for their excellent service levels, efficiency and style, Singapore’s hotels are looking at a range of new initiatives to ensure a sustainable future and improve the already impressive guest experience. Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Hotel Association are focused on leveraging technology to foster business innovation in the hotel industry. These new initiatives have been designed to further boost productivity, which has grown 4.5 per cent annually since 2015. They also include the recently launched E-Visitor Authentication (EVA) System, which should help facilitate a seamless check-in experience and reduce the time it takes to check in by 70 per cent.


Botanic Gardens

Travel startups accelerator program

Always on the look-out for innovative solutions, this high-tech city-state has created an accelerator program for travel startups. Nine companies are involved so far.

Jointly run by the Singapore Tourism Board and startup community Found8, it will see the companies involved spend six months helping tourism businesses improve productivity, put together visitor engagement strategies and enhance the experience for visitors.

Fly-cruise promotion launches with arrival of Quantum of the Seas

Event organisers looking to include Singapore in a fly-cruise programme now have more options than ever before with Royal Caribbean International’s new five-year, multi-million-dollar marketing partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport Group.

Quantum of the Seas arrives fresh from a multi-million-dollar refurbishment for a six-month season. Singapore’s homeport status, world-class port infrastructure and seamless connectivity to other destinations around the world positions the city-state as a crucial destination in Royal Caribbean’s regional strategy.

With Changi Airport’s strong air connectivity to some 380 cities, Singapore is well-placed to tap into the fly-cruise sector and serve as a cruise hub for the region.


Atlas Bar, Bugis

Notable events from 2020 onwards

  • For the first time Singapore will welcome an expected 8,000 participants attending International Trademark Association’s 142nd Annual Meeting, the world’s largest gathering of intellectual property professionals
  • SAP Field Kick-Off Meeting makes its return to Singapore with two successive years of meetings scheduled in 2020 and 2021
  • Sibos, a global financial services event by SWIFT, is returning to Singapore in 2021. Last held in Singapore in 2015, the event attracted 8,000 delegates in its then largest Asia Pacific edition to date
    Future events confirmed in Singapore beyond 2020 include:
  • Asia Pacific Life Insurance Congress and Million Dollar Round Table Global Conference (2021)
  •  In 2022, Singapore and Southeast Asia will host the International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI), for the first time, earmarked as the world’s largest gathering of professionals in its field, with an expected 2,000 delegates
  •  Singapore will host the 25th World Congress of Dermatology in 2023, the largest medical convention to take place in the city, with an estimated 15,000 participants.

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